UNDERSTAND OUR IMPACT
Defy Colorado’s goals are: (1) to break the cycle of mass incarceration, violence and poverty to create communities of support and new legacies for the people whom we serve and (2) replicate our programs in every prison across Colorado. As of January 2019, Defy Colorado has facilitated over 400 volunteer visits to prison.
Defy Colorado is now in three Colorado prisons: Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility (AVCF), Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP) and La Vista Correctional Facility (LVCF), a facility serving women, bringing our total number of facility partnerships to three.
Our inaugural cohorts at AVCF and CSP combined to graduate 78 male EITs in December 2018, and our second cohorts at these facilities will transform the lives of 30 EITs. The recent addition of La Vista Correctional Facility allowed us to transform the lives of 30 women EITs, bringing our grand total to 175 EITs served!
EITs “defy the odds” and break generational legacies of poverty and incarceration.
- Nationally, Defy has a less than 5% recidivism rate meaning that less than 5% return to prison. That means that more than 95% of our program participants do not return after being released from prison!
- Not only do we break the cycle of incarceration for one individual, we break generational cycles of recidivism. By helping our EITs become better leaders in business they naturally become better leaders in their family. When our program participants remain free they maintain their important role of parenting and while 70% of children with an incarcerated parent will follow in their parents’ footsteps keeping a parent in the home leads to family stability, emotional security among children and the increased likelihood that families will have basic needs met.
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“THE MEANING OF LIFE IS TO PLANT TREES UNDER WHOSE SHADE YOU DO NOT PLAN TO SIT.”